Simple, lavish gift ideas for loved ones far away this Christmas


Knowing that some of your loved ones won’t be physically
with you this Christmas can feel undoubtedly bittersweet, but that doesn’t mean
you have to forgo gifting them with a festive present. After all, their
isolation can be exactly what makes them yearn for something new!

Whether the loved one in question is a friend who has
emigrated, a nomadic type who is rarely at home or a lover in a long-distance
relationship with you, here are a few example gifts that can make a lasting
impression – and leave the distance between you and them less perceptible.

A world map poster

For someone progressing through their itinerary of places
they have always wanted to visit around the world, you can’t go far wrong with
a massive map which they can use to keep track of where they have been. This
gift is especially appealing for its cost-effectiveness, too.

who runs the Jones Around The World
blog, recommends scratch-off map posters
, enthusing that he loves
“scratching off the recent destinations that I visited”.

Waterproof gadgetry

The person might already have a water-resistant phone, and
could find it particularly invaluable if they are close to an exotic beach or
swimming pool – yes, lucky them – and want to enjoy it without having to worry
about their device potentially going kaput.

However, why not get them a waterproof accessory, such as a
portable speaker? That way, they can have music playing even beside the pool,
safe in the knowledge that this music won’t stop playing.

An e-reader

Print books are notorious in travel backpacks, where they
tend to take up excessive space and, even when taken out, could too easily get
damp if, say, a shower breaks out abruptly. It all adds up to a convincing case
for investing in an e-reader like an Amazon Kindle for a nomadic recipient.

One great reason to choose a Kindle specifically is that it
would allow access to Kindle Unlimited, whereby users can read one e-book after
another for free.

A new watch

“But surely they aren’t going to lose track of the
time?” Yes, but watches can serve as much more than just timepieces these
days. They can, for example, be super-stylish; your loved one might have
already built up a collection of watches to which they would appreciate you

If you wouldn’t consider it too expensive, you could even go
for an
Apple Watch, which Mashable advocates
for a long-distance partner
, as it can keep them busy until their next
meeting with you.


Well, with New Year’s Eve on the way, the festive season
would be a good time to send your long-distance chum a tipple which they might
be willing to save for a turn-of-the-year knees-up. They might not have enough
time to travel to where you are to enjoy NYE with you, after all.

There are many creative ways to provide champagne, too; just
check out these champagne
gift sets
, allowing you to present the drink with, say, chocolates or

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